After years of its suspicious absence from Square Enix’s unstoppable barrage of ports and re-releases, Final Fantasy VIII has emerged remastered for all consoles (and PC). This is the satisfactory model of the game that has ever existed. Watch me play it for 47 mins, whilst discussing 20 years’ well worth of crystallised mind about the sport.
For instance: I argue quite passionately that you have to not use the quick-ahead feature.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is even better than the original. I observed a weird trend in YouTube remarks at the debut trailer Square Enix confirmed at E3 2019: “The photographs look precisely the identical,” many commenters said. They certainly do not. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered keeps the unique’s fuzzy JPEG backgrounds, though its three-D models are butter for the eyes.
I assume what a variety of the commenters had been riding at turned into that, yes, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is not on the extent of graphical upgrade of Final Fantasy VII Remake. This is as it’s a remaster, now not a remake. (As it says inside the title.)
I do understand where the ones commenters are coming from, though. In 1999, whilst Rinoa instructed Squall “You’re the exceptional-searching guy here,” we position-gambling-sport-fanatics hunkering in front of dull CRT televisions barely noticed his face become a clump of hideous pixels. We had no concept what a meme was, an awful lot less that this screen could ultimately end up one.
By that factor in the game — approximately 3 hours in, in case you mosey a chunk — it had hooked us completely. We have been so in the sector that Rinoa’s phrases stuffed within the gaps in our imaginations. We knew Squall became a good-looking guy. We remembered him from the hours-in the past two-minute anime-song-video-like starting film. We’d possibly watched that beginning movie about 90 instances.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered continues the fuzzy, slightly lively historical past JPEGs. It continues the aspect ratio. It continues the authentic complete motion video nice. Then it gives us wonderfully, lovingly new 3-d fashions. In their geometry, those fashions are equal to the ones within the 1999 PlayStation original. In their texture detail, they’re equal to our fond recollections of the 1999 PlayStation authentic.
In this video, I admit that I didn’t actually like Final Fantasy VIII after I first played it. Ten years after it first got here out, I performed it again and thoroughly loved it. It takes so many bizarre dangers with its game layout, structure, and plotting.
As I say within the end of my video, the unique creators of the Final Fantasy series often regale us with the anecdote of the desperation with which they advanced that preliminary sport. According to their legend, Squaresoft only had the money to make one greater recreation. If it didn’t hit, they were useless. It hit. They lived.
Final Fantasy VIII arrived two years after Final Fantasy VII busted blocks international. At the time of Final Fantasy VIII’s launch, Squaresoft became developing the next three numbered Final Fantasy games. They had been also financing and generating a Final Fantasy function movie all on their own. As far as online game improvement goes, this is a stage of ambition whose present day-day equal I can’t straight away think about.
Final Fantasy IX, X, XI, and the film might offer a wealthy platter of some thing for everybody. Final Fantasy VIII changed into as a consequence destined to stumble upon as “The Final Fantasy That Came Out After Final Fantasy VII.”
Now that I’m able to look again at it so crystal-certainly twenty years later, I deeply recognize its creative risks. If the spirit of Final Fantasy as a franchise has continually been, as its creators say, reinvention with every numbered instalment, Final Fantasy VIII represents the absolute zenith of old school Final Fantasy.
I’ll admit, as a 20-year-antique, I rushed through it. It was hard for me to like the protagonist, Squall. The first actual person we meet apart from this hard-man-wannabe teenage protagonist is his slightly older trainer who sees right via his bloodless exterior and mocks his tough-guy talk affectations not five text boxes into the sport. It felt embarrassing; it felt to me, then, like reading my vintage writing feels now.
I didn’t need to consider my dirtbag teenager days at age 20 the way I don’t need to consider my dirtbag twenties at age 40.
Replaying the game in 2019, to this point, has been a satisfaction. I’m capable of fully recognize the oddball game layout selections that me and my hardcore fellow Final Fantasy enthusiast pal frowned at in 1999. The battles have a Bravely Default degree of game-designerly, simplistic urgency that become sitting there all alongside, for twenty years, expecting me to revisit it and correctly freak out.
The card game, Triple Triad, continues to be superb. The Triple Triad subject matter track continues to be brilliant.
My video consists of eight chapters, each telling a exclusive story about my time with the game. In one chapter, I communicate about the sport design. In every other, I attempt to discover the fact at the back of the hearsay that Square Enix had misplaced the sport’s supply code.
The 7th of these chapters concerns a advertising campaign Squaresoft completed returned in 1999: pre-order Final Fantasy VIII, and you could win a car. And now not just any vehicle: it was an incredibly bland vehicle. It changed into a 2000 Toyota Echo